More transfer misery for Spurs as Arsenal close on exciting €20m swoop

Oli Fisher

Arsenal are hoping to follow up a loan deal for Dani Ceballos by signing Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz, a report claims.

Mariano cost Real £29.7million (€35m) last summer and will almost certainly be behind Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic in the pecking order next season, leading to rumours that he is set for a summer exit.

The forward made just 13 appearances in LaLiga last term, scoring three times, but recent reports suggested that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to bring him in as a back up to Harry Kane.


Just as they look set to be beaten to Ceballos by their north London rivals though, it seems Tottenham are also going to miss out on Diaz as Arsenal are reportedly close to tying up a deal.

Diaz didn’t play a single minute in Real’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal in Tuesday’s International Champions Cup game in Maryland, fuelling speculation he is being lined up for a departure.

According to Don Balon, Zidane left the Dominican international out due to the fact his €20million move to Arsenal is close to getting over the line.

Diaz joined Real’s system in 2012 and eventually moved to Lyon in 2017, before Los Blancos activated a buy-back and signed him to a five-year deal last summer.


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